Twenty Thousand Hertz+

A lovingly crafted podcast that reveals the stories behind the world's most recognizable and interesting sounds.

Design
Arts
Music Commentary
101
Tyrannosaurus FX
The sound design wizardry behind the dinosaurs of Jurassic Park, and how these sounds compare to what dinos REALLY sounded like.
23 min
102
Napster
The stunning rise and fall of Napster, and how it transformed the music industry in a few short years.
36 min
103
Vocal Discords
A diagnosis of vocal nodes is every singer's worst nightmare. But when nodes develop, is all hope truly lost?
21 min
104
Deepfake Dallas
Is your voice your own? Maybe not anymore.
22 min
105
The City That Never Sleeps
The link between chronic noise and chronic anxiety may be closer than we realize.
23 min
106
Tudum! It's Netflix
The never-before-told story behind the iconic Netflix sound.
21 min
107
McElroys, Mysteries and Me
The McElroy brothers, hosts of My Brother, My Brother and Me, compete in a heated and hilarious game of mystery sounds.
41 min
108
Hamilton Remix
How the sound design of Hamilton draws the audience into the story.
28 min
109
Stop... Collaborate & Listen
Theft or inspiration? Part two of a deep dive into the complicated world of copyright, sampling and the ability to own a song.
23 min
110
Copyrights & Wrongs
Theft or inspiration? Part one of a deep dive into the complicated world of Copyright.
24 min
111
Makin' Whoopee!
The history and science behind our favorite fart sound-maker, the whoopee cushion.
26 min
112
Pew Pew
The story behind the sound design of Star Wars: How legendary Sound Designer Ben Burtt helped transport audiences to a galaxy far, far away.
29 min
113
That's All Folks!
The story of Mel Blanc, Part 2. The accident, recovery, and passing of the torch.
20 min
114
Ehh... What's Up, Doc?
The early life and career of Mel Blanc.
24 min
115
Twenty Parts Per Thousand
The stories behind the world's most recognizable and interesting smells.
21 min
116
Cremona
The story of a town that stayed quiet to preserve an instrument they love.
23 min
117
Satanic Panic!
Warning: Listening to this episode might entice you to worship the devil.
28 min
118
Noise "R" Us
A nostalgic history of toy sounds.
25 min
119
Good Vibes
We know music can affect our moods, but its influence over us goes even deeper, and has the power to heal, harm, and manipulate us.
25 min
120
4′33″
The story behind one of the most controversial, and influential, pieces of music of the 20th Century.
31 min
121
Seinfeld
A theme song about nothing: how it was created, what makes it so unique, and how it became one of the most iconic theme songs in TV history.
26 min
122
Sonic Wonderland
Take your ears on a mini vacation as we celebrate the sonic wonders of the world.
18 min
123
Historically Speaking
How we shape language to our needs, and how it shapes us in return.
26 min
124
Vroom Vroom
A song of fuel and fire - what’s happening inside your car engine?
26 min
125
Baby Shark
The history and future of one of the biggest viral sensations ever.
36 min